Thursday, May 5, 2011

Okagbare Returns For Golden League

Africa’s 100meter track queen, Blessing Okagbare will be returning to the track after over eights months out due to injury.
The multiple award winner is staging a comeback at the big stage with the Golden League which starts on Friday, 6th May in Doha, Qatar.
According to the President of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Solomon Ogba, who left Nigeria for Doha on Thursday to monitor the sprinter, Okagbare is a grade A athlete by World standard and that she needs all the support for her success.
The AFN scribe who says he is using the opportunity to go round and see other top Nigeria athletes in Europe, said preparing the athletes for the challenges In continental and global competitions will go a long way in putting them in shape.
“Okagbare will be returning to the game after a long stay off due to injury. Without mincing word, she is a grade A athlete by world standard and we need to give her all the support. This is her first race and we expect her to get better as time goes on.
“She is good and other top athletes look up to her as a medal prospect in any big competition.
“I will use this opportunity to go round and see many of our other top athletes. We have to talk to them and prepare them for the challenges ahead in continental and global competitions,” he said.
Meanwhile, debunking insinuations that Damola Osayome’s case was pending due to doctor’s inability to look into her case, the former Delta State Commissioner of Sports said Osayome was suspended for six months and that she has completed her ban.
“As I speak with you now, Damola Osayome has served her six months ban which was handed over to her for testing positive to ban substances during the last Commonwealth Games in India last year.
Damola Osayome, Folashade Abugun and Samuel Okon tested positive to banned substance in the last Commonwealth Games that was held in India.

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